ALA submits letter to President Obama addressing membership’s top concerns

Contact: Jenni Terry

ALA Washington Office

(202) 628-8410


For Immediate Release

April 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. –American Library Association President Jim Rettig recently submitted
a letter to President Obama to address library issues the ALA membership determined it would like to share with the administration during a membership town hall meeting held during the 2009 ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver.

“Libraries are perfectly positioned to disseminate information relevant to the issues and challenges that face us as a nation, the same key issues which your [Obama’s] administration is seeking to address,” Rettig states in the letter.

The letter reinforces the importance of the administration understanding that libraries are as essential institutions of life-long learning and play an important role in serving and assisting virtually every segment of the population. It also highlights issues such as the increased usage libraries are experiencing, the need for more library funding, the USA PATRIOT Act, the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, and other issues. Â